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    James M. Cain's Original Signed Book Contract with Alfred A. Knopf. Original signed book contract between James M. Cain (novelist of the roman noir classics The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity and Mildred Pierce) and publisher Alfred A. Knopf for Cain's first book, Our Government, dated April 25, 1929. Contract is six pages long and bears the fountain ink signatures of Cain and Knopf, as well as numerous hand corrections and initials by both parties, the most notable being being a notation by Knopf on the first page that the contract was voided by way of a letter from Knopf in 1933. On the last page there is a typed notation "Canceled by Mutual Consent" and the date July 1949. Overall it would appear that the contract was held in place from the time of the book's publication in 1929 through 1933, at which time it was superseded by a new one. This is the author's copy of his first book contract, one of probably three or four copies that have ever existed, preceded only by Cain's magazine and newspaper appearances, most notably in Mencken's American Mercury. In Very Fine condition in an attractive, pre-folded contract document with a black ribbon tie, as issued.

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    November, 2009
    6th-7th Friday-Saturday
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